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Two games, same scores won same way from same spot

Call it sporting happenstance, coincidence or whatever appeals but it takes some beating.

Two games on the same night at the same ground, two identical winning scorelines and both decided by a field goal by halfbacks from the same spot on the field. What would the chances be?

It unfolded like this.

In the opening match of last night’s doubleheader at Go Media Stadium, the One New Zealand Warriors and Canberra were level 20-20 with the clock running down in their New South Wales Cup contest.

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With just a few seconds left on the clock, the ball was fired back to Warriors halfback Ronald Volkman positioned 30 metres out in front of the posts. Cool as you like, Volkman punched over a field goal expertly to give his team a 21-20 win.

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Move forward to the NRL match between the two clubs and, freakishly, the score was again locked at 20-20 only in this instance in golden point extra time.

Wouldn’t you know, there again was a Warriors player in the #7 jersey planted in the same spot at the same end of the field ready to deliver the clutch play of the night.

Cometh the moment, cometh Shaun Johnson.  

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Wayde Egan fed him the ball and unerringly the master spliced the posts with his one-pointer to give the One New Zealand Warriors a gilt-edged victory and complete a club double for the night.

And just to add to the theme of coincidence, Johnson's last golden point field goal winner just happened to be against the Raiders in Redcliffe last April. The score that day? It was 21-20.

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